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Howard Lee Blair
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1917
Death: Oct. 26, 2008

Howard L. Blair, 91, of Erie, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at his home in Erie.

There will be no services. Private burial will be in Erie Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Erie Baptist Church, Erie. Arrangements were handled by Gibson Funeral Home, Erie.

Howard was born July 30, 1917, in Scott County, Ill., to James Harley and Flora Walker Blair. He married Ruthie Zuidema in 1952 and they later divorced in 1968.

He served for 11 years in the U.S. Army, where he became a sergeant in the 868th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. During his years of service, he received the American Defense Service Ribbon, Asiatic Theater Ribbon and was awarded one bronze battle star, six overseas service bars, three service stripes and the good conduct medal. After being discharged from the Army, Howard worked for John Deere Harvester for 36 years, retiring in 1982. He was a longtime member of the Erie Baptist Church, where he served on the board of trustees. He obtained his pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed going to bluegrass music festivals, and meeting his friends at McDonald's in East Moline.

Survivors include his three sons, Gary Blair, Dixon, Ill., Larry Blair, Clinton, Iowa, Duane Blair, Dubuque, Iowa; sisters, Dorothy Hawkins, Springfield, Ill., Eldora Grimsley, Woodriver, Ill.; brothers, Robert Blair, Gainesville, Fla., James Blair, Erie; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Blair; five sisters; and one brother.
Family links: 
  James Harley Blair (1884 - 1959)
  Florence Belle Walker Blair (1885 - 1943)
  Steven D. Blair (1960 - 1984)*
  Pauline Jeannette Blair Hester (1907 - 1981)*
  Mildred Bernice Blair Ellison (1909 - 1990)*
  Madaline Janice Blair Carriger (1910 - 1992)*
  Francis Eugene Blair (1911 - 1983)*
  Winifred Ellen Blair Suter (1914 - 2000)*
  Howard Lee Blair (1917 - 2008)
  Lois Regina Blair Cole (1921 - 1999)*
  Dorothy Louise Blair Hawkins (1923 - 2010)*
  Eldora May Blair Grimsley (1925 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Erie Cemetery
Whiteside County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Teresa
Record added: May 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110106542
Howard Lee Blair
Added by: Teresa
Howard Lee Blair
Added by: Teresa
Howard Lee Blair
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